New U.N. leader reports for work, pledges reform
January 2, 1996
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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Kofi Annan began his duties Thursday
as the new U.N. secretary-general by pledging to reform the
world organization. The Ghanaian was greeted by an honor
guard of United Nations police and cheering onlookers.
Annan, 58, said he wants a more informal United Nations, and
he allowed a series of photo opportunities that gave the
impression cameras may be tolerated more openly. He also
received resignations from 23 subordinates, many of whom he
expected to leave their posts.
Annan said he expected member states to fulfill their U.N.
commitments, a reference to the more than $2 billion owed to
the United Nations, most of it from the United States.
"This is my first day. It is like the first day in school.
Everyone expects a lot from you, and you get into it with
considerable trepidation," he said.
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